The new single is accompanied by a deceptively simple video that features the band hanging out together in snowy weather, while animations by Chloe Hemingway and illustrations courtesy of John Moloney swirl around them. On the face of it, it seems like a pretty ordinary scene – trippy visuals aside – and is even filmed through an iPhone camera. But Garden is designed to be the antidote to troubling times, and is in fact a gentle reminder to take a step back from the chaos of life’s complexities.
Bassist /vocalist Lou Barlow explains: “Everyone seemed to want a disruption in the order of American life, it seemed necessary. Then it happened. [This song] began as a bitter lamentation but as I was finishing the lyrics, singing over the instrumental version of the song while driving to J’s through the miles of farmland that separate his studio in Amherst and my home in Greenfield (Massachusetts), I saw a sign on a shed: Back to the Garden. I was looking for a resolution, where do we go when faced with such dramatic confusion? Back to basics, back home, back to the garden.”
Explaining the low-key video, he continues: “There wasn’t a video planned for the song but since my wife Adelle and I had started making holiday ‘specials’ for my YouTube channel this past December, we thought we could knock one out for Garden.
“Adelle thought we should incorporate the whimsical paintings of Dinosaur Jr’s tour manager John Moloney. He routinely dashes off caricatures of J, Murph and I when we travel. I told John about our ideas and he thought it would be easy to video the band playing the song.”
“So, John and Adelle quickly captured the band playing the song on their iPhones on a cold February afternoon and I edited it all together in iMovie. Then we had Chloe, the real vid expert at Jagjaguwar, put the paintings by John and Adelle into the mix, and that’s it!”
Dinosaur Jr. will also be playing a livestream performance on May 1. Tickets are available now.
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- Dinosaur Jr - Bug - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.60, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 17-May-2022 10:41)on May 20, 2022 at 2:58 am
DINOSAUR JR Bug (1988 UK first issue 9-track vinyl LP on the Blast First label, featuring the J Mascis classic Freak Scene, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some spine scuffing and edgewear, whilst the vinyl has just a few light surface scuffs - overall an excellent copy BFFP31)
- Dinosaur Jr - Just Like Heaven - Etched - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $18.60, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 16-May-2022 10:49)on May 20, 2022 at 2:58 am
DINOSAUR JR Just Like Heaven (1989 UK 3-track single-sided etched 12" vinyl single, also featuring Thrown Down and Chunks, glossy picture sleeve BFFP47T)
- Dinosaur Jr - Start Choppin - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $18.60, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 27-Apr-2022 11:46)on May 20, 2022 at 2:58 am
DINOSAUR JR Start Choppin (1992 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, also including Turnip Farm & Forget It, picture sleeve. The corner shows a zigzag deletion cut, with a tiny staple punchhole mark, whilst the vinyl shows only the lightest signs of playNEG6IT)
- Dinosaur Jr - Visitors - Sealed - UK - 7" box set - £49.99, $61.99, €58.99 (New Item) (arrived 13-Apr-2022 08:59)on May 20, 2022 at 2:58 am
DINOSAUR JR Visitors (2014 UK limited edition remastered 5 x 7" vinyl box set containing Dinosaur Jr's first four singles plus a bonus single featuring Frampton's 'Show Me The Way' and a cover of the Byrds' 'Feel A Whole Lot Better. Also includesa Jasper-penned essay and a book of unused artwork from the period. Housed in a two-piece picture box - still sealed in its hype-stickered shrinkwrap NUM705)**Limited to 5000 Copies**
- Dinosaur Jr - The Wagon - UK - 12" vinyl - £20.00, $24.80, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 30-Nov-2021 15:57)on May 20, 2022 at 2:58 am
DINOSAUR JR The Wagon (1991 UK 4-track 12" vinyl single, also including Pebbles And Weeds, The Little Baby & Quicksand [Wagon Reprise], glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minor wear & the vinyl has a few light scuff marks to indicate playNEG48T)